The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) and The Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) have proposed a merger.

The UK’s two largest property management profession bodies want to establish a united and stronger voice for the industry, at a time when managing agents and property management professionals face unprecedented changes and as legislation begins to make its way through Parliament. 

ARMA executive chair Nigel Glen (main image, left) says the bodies have worked together on a wide range of topics including the building safety crisis, sector mental health and wellbeing and regulatory reform.

A merged organization would give it greater power and enable it to support both managing agent firms and professional individuals. 

Effective support

“Combining our resources, data and expertise allows us to more effectively support our membership through guidance and business support, raise standards through enhanced professional qualifications, multi-channel training and ongoing professional development opportunities, and provide a more influential and representative voice to our ongoing government and stakeholder engagement,” says Glen. 

The proposal would be subject to approval by members at their forthcoming general meetings.

If approved, the two organisations and their respective secretariat teams would come together before the end of the year and the two brands would be retained for a period of time under the new organisation.

It is proposed that IRPM CEO Andrew Bulmer would become CEO of the new organisation, while Glen would become the executive chair of the new board. 


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